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Good news during a redundancy process

Managing a redundancy consultation process is tough, and especially at the moment. No matter how compassionate you are, fundamentally there is no good news to share.

Being able to offer some outplacement support to individuals is one piece of good news.

This can be anything from writing a CV, a series of workshops, interview preparation, career coaching or a mix of them all.

Offering outplacement support has many benefits:

➡️ individuals receive help to prepare them for their career transition

➡️ access to practical support will help individuals to prepare themselves and stand out in a crowded job market

➡️ people who are offered outplacement support are more likely to think positively about their previous employer which impacts company brand and reputation

➡️ it shows you care enough to invest in your outgoing employees future

➡️ there is a positive impact on employee engagement for those who remain, they can see their outgoing colleagues are being supported

I offer support to suit a range of budgets on a group or one to one basis.

If you would like to deliver some good news during a redundancy consultation contact me and I’ll send you some details.

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Building rapport with small talk

Small talk is a great way to build rapport in an online interview. Building rapport helps with creating trust, and that’s just as important as competence.

Before the questions begin, most interviewers will start by asking ‘How are you?’, and simply answering ‘I’m fine thanks’ means you’re missing out on a great opportunity to engage in some small talk and begin building rapport right from the start.

Small talk doesn’t have to be wildly exciting and shouldn’t be confused with over sharing – choose a topic you feel comfortable talking about. It can be a good idea to have a think about what you might talk about, here are some ideas:

➡️ Lockdown – keep it upbeat and positive

➡️ Something you did yesterday / on the weekend / before the interview

➡️ Something you’re looking forward to

➡️ Something new you’ve tried

➡️ A goal you’ve set or achieved

➡️ And of course there’s always the weather

If you get nervous before interviews you may want to have prepared your small talk topic, not so that it sounds rehearsed but so you don’t end up talking for ages or over sharing.

Remember, the interview starts as soon as your camera is turned on.

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It was your job and not you that was made redundant

In the consultation meeting for my second redundancy I heard the words ‘Your role is at risk of redundancy’ and immediately substituted this with ‘You are at risk of redundancy’.

I knew the script, I knew that it’s roles and not individuals who are made redundant and yet when I was on the other side of the table my reaction was the same as many other people in my situation, I took it personally.

Like most people I didn’t hear much after being told my role was at risk, the rest was just a blur.

Our jobs are more than just an income, they are part of our identity and contribute to our self worth which is why a redundancy feels personal and why confidence is often impacted by losing a job as it feels like we’ve lost a piece of ourselves.

I encourage my clients to remember the person with all the skills, knowledge and experience hasn’t changed as a result of the redundancy, you still have all that to offer and are still the same person you were before the announcement.

It’s not always easy to distance yourself from your redundancy, however the more you remind yourself it was your role and not you that was made redundant is one of the first steps in building confidence to finding the next role.